UN Women Call for Journalist Capacity Building Training, Deadline for Application: 20th July 2017

Are you a journalist based in Africa (working in either broadcast, print, web, radio, video, and photo journalism)? Do you have experience reporting on women’s issues? Do you have already published articles on the positive contribution of women, or changed narratives Personal motivation for reporting on the importance of Changed narratives and commitment to continue working? 

Then you are what UN Women Africa is looking for. UN women will be conducting a training on 'Gender Responsive Story Telling and Documenting Stories of Success and follow-up practical engagement' from 8th-11th August in Dar Es Salaam Tanzania. See more details here.  

Applicants can send their applications at the address helen.yosef@unwomen.org on or before the application deadline (20 July, 2017)

AmplifyChange Strategic Grant Round 2 open, Application Deadline; 17:00 GMT 25 July 2017

The expression of interest for AmplifyChange Strategic Grant Round 2 is now open. The deadline for application is 5pm (BST) on 25th July 2017.  

Strategic grants will be between EUR 550,000 to EUR 2 million over 2 years.

What priority themes is AmplifyChange encouraging applications for?

AmplifyChange welcomes all applications that address our five priority themes as above. However, Strategic grants aim to add value. Strategic grants are part of a growing portfolio of southern-led SRHR advocacy grants that AmplifyChange has already awarded. This guidance has therefore also considered the current composition of the AmplifyChange portfolio and missing-themes from the applications we receive.

We would therefore especially encourage applications from organisations that work globally and regionally on the following issues within the 5 thematic areas of AmplifyChange. Our terminology of ‘especially encourage’ means that if there are high-quality applications that are equal in all other respects, we will moderate for the following:  

Intersections between gender-based violence and barriers to safe abortion:   
pproaches that strengthen advocacy for safe abortion, including responding to the intersections between gender-based violence and barriers to accessing a safe abortion.  

Challenging stigma, discrimination, attitudes and laws:  
Support to the development of LGBTI rights movements, focusing on supporting organisations in parts of the world where movements are effectively non-existent or most underdeveloped.  

Improving sexual health of young people:   
Systematic approaches to mainstreaming comprehensive sexuality education, including its systematic implementation within schools and out-of-school approaches in regions with the weakest commitment to comprehensive sexuality education.  

Menstrual hygiene, including the role of advocacy in expanding access to sanitary products, removing stigma around menstruation and the role of menstrual hygiene management information and empowerment in comprehensive sexuality education.  

Access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services:   
Approaches that build advocacy movements that respond to strengthen SRHR and access to SRH services for people living with disability.  

 Visit the grants porta to apply.

New Network Grants call for proposals from AmplifyChange - Deadline, Tuesday 4th April 2017 (UTC+1)

AmplifyChange is accepting proposals for their Network Grants Round 3. 

AmplifyChange will be seeking proposals for Network grants from Southern-based organisations capable of supporting multiple small-to-medium sized civil society organisations to contribute to the development of stronger, more inclusive movements for SRHR.  

The online portal for concept note applications is open and will close at 5.00pm (UTC+1) on Tuesday, 4th April 2017.

Please note: After consultation on this Network grant call with a wide diversity of Southern-based organisations we have amended the lower limit of the grant size from EUR250,000 to EUR150,000. Therefore, each grant awarded will be between a minimum EUR150,000 and a maximum of EUR550,000 over 2 years.

Grand Challenges Africa - Innovation Seed Grants, Round 1 Request for Proposals - Deadline 17th February 2017

Better late than never folks! You still have some time left to submit that proposal!Application details here.

The African Academy of Sciences - Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AAS-AESA) is launching two new Grand Challenges:

1) Providing new impetus and solutions and strategies to help Africa meet the SDG 3 target for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH). These cover key areas of:

New technologies to enable rapid identification of exposures that lead to poor outcomes in pregnancy, birth and in the first month of life — these could be exposures to communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Precision medicine approaches and techniques to identify microbes and other exposures in Africa that may increase susceptibility to non-communicable diseases (cancer, cardiovascular diseases, etc.) in mothers and children under 5 years of age.

2) Creative approaches to engage the public, and inspire policy and decision makers to increase investment in African Research & Development.

These new grand challenge innovation grants will be issued and administered under the banner of Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa), a program implemented in partnership with theNew Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD Agency) and theBill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Round 1 is a joint initiative of the GC Africa partners and Institut Pasteur of Paris (IP). 

Click HERE to view more details of this call. 

The UNAOC Youth Solidarity Fund (YSF) 2017 Call For Application is now open - Deadline 5th February 2017

Do you know an organization led by young people ages 18 to 35? Tell them to apply for the UNAOC Youth Solidarity Fund. The Youth Solidarity Fund (YSF) supports youth-led organizations that foster peaceful and inclusive societies by providing direct funding to outstanding projects promoting intercultural and interfaith dialogue. Established in 2008, the Fund responded to calls for action made by youth-led organizations around the world on the importance of establishing funding mechanisms for youth. Today, the Fund is more relevant than ever: As the global agenda increasingly speaks of youth’s participation and contribution to peace, development and security, it is critical to support this participation and contribution through funding and partnership opportunities.

The funded projects are youth-led and youth-focused (18-35 years) but have an impact on entire communities, often involving religious or political leaders, policy-makers, educational institutions and media organizations. The Fund also links small scale and local work to larger movements for social and global change, for a broader and deeper impact.

UNAOC offers technical support and capacity building to the organizations during and/or after the implementation of funded projects in the areas of gender mainstreaming, media relations, advocacy, financial management, networking, sustainability, monitoring and evaluation.

Click HERE to view more details of this call. 

AWDF- LEADING FROM THE SOUTH: CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Funding For Womens' Rights - Deadline 13th February 2017 (Yalla & Ananse Grants) and 3rd March 2017 (Pamoja)


AWDF is one of four Women’s Funds from the Global South managing Leading from the South – a funding initiative created to resource women’s rights activism in the global South over 4 years. The fund was initiated with support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of their commitment to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5. It supports activism devised, implemented, and led by women’s rights organisations in the global South. The LFS fund is being implemented by four women’s funds: Three are Regional Funds: African Women’s Development Fund (Africa and the Middle East Region), Fondo Mujeres del Sur (Latin America and the Caribbean) and South Asia Women Fund (Asia); and one global fund AYNI – the Indigenous Women’s Fund.

AWDF is mandated to fund in all 54 African countries. Under the Leading from the South initiative AWDF has expanded its grantmaking mandate to include selected countries in the Middle East.

Click HERE to view more details of this call. 

The Australian High Commission Nairobi Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2016-17 - Deadline 3rd February 2017

The Australian High Commission in Nairobi is announcing the second round of applications for Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2016-17. DAP is a small grant scheme for development activities and it is managed directly by the Australian High Commission at each post. It is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible groups or organisations undertaking small scale development project. The current round opened on 16 January and closes on 03 February 2017. Eligible countries under Nairobi post are: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.
See more details of the grant HERE